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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Wonderful Box from Last Summer's Free Piles

One late-summer or early-fall evening while driving home, my daughter and I spied this box on a free pile. I snagged it without thoroughly looking through the contents, as I could see it was filled with nice Christmas crafting material. I put it in my trunk and left it there until last week.

Wow! This is full of wonderful material. There are spools of ribbon, several grapevine wreaths and balls, vines, silk flowers, pine cones, ornaments, pots, florist foam, and other tidbits. The stuff was all jumbled together, with tangled ribbon holding everything in large masses. After untangling the ribbon and separating items into piles, I could see that I had found a treasure trove of crafting material.

I have already begun using some of the contents, as you saw on the lid of the tin that I spruced up. So much fun to have new supplies! We'll be making wreaths later this week, and I have a kissing ball in mind with one of the grapevine balls, burgundy ribbon, and silk roses. Lots of fun times at no cost to me.

I had the opportunity to meet the woman who kept her free pile stocked all summer, when she held a garage sale in early July. Apparently, she and her young family were moving out of the area and, therefore, were lightening the load of what to bring to the new house. Not only does she have an interest in crafting, but she also shares my passion for studying art and artists. Their home was just a few blocks from ours, and I was so sorry to discover this kindred spirit just as she was leaving the area. She gave me a few of her art books for my own library, which I'll treasure as mementos of this chance encounter.


  1. That was so nice of her to give you some of her art books. And what a great box of crafting items for Christmas. I'm sorry too that you just met her as she was moving away from your area.

    1. Hi Belinda,
      I know. I hope to pay it forward to someone else. Have a wonderful evening.

  2. That is very special, though untimely. Enjoy what she allowed you to have and have a lot of fun. I wish I were more crafty. Crafts frustrate me. I did scrap booking for a while and I mend a lot but I can't "make" things. My craft is in the kitchen. I love making deliciousness out of nothing.


    1. Hi Alice,
      And I bet you are a master at whipping up something special from what appears to be nothing. We all have our "thing," right? Your dinners always sound so delicious to me. Enjoy your evening, Alice.

  3. Sorry your newly met friend was moving.

    1. Hi Carol,
      Yes, that was the truly unfortunate thing about this chance encounter. She is likely touching the lives of others in her new home.

  4. I'm sure it was disappointing to find a friend and then have her move. Can you connect through some kind of social media?

    Also, do you have time to try some crafting programs at the library? Or maybe, you could lead some programs at the library or a craft store. You have a lot of great ideas and have a good way of breaking things down into steps. I don't know if they pay for that, but it might be a good way to find another kindred spirit.

    1. Thank you for the wonderful ideas, live and learn. I really appreciate them (and you!).


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